APA Image Library

Let the photographs in APA's Image Library pique your interest, trigger your creativity, inspire your plans, and enhance your work. Access to this collection is free and available only to APA members, who may download and use the images in plans, presentations, work examples, blogs, websites, print publications, and more.

Add Your Photos to the APA Image Library

Do you have a fantastic photo of your local park? An action shot of a biker zooming along a complete street in your city? Share it!

APA members may contribute their own planning-related photos of sustainable development projects, infrastructure, transit, historic places, or any subject that interests planners. By sharing your photos, you will help the APA Image Library become a truly comprehensive collection of resources that members use to bring their print and digital projects to life.

Search the Image Library

The collection is always growing, with new additions from APA staff, publications, archives—and from APA members too. Any APA member, whether or not a contributor to the collection, may browse and download photos from the APA Image Library.

Search the Image Library

Important Information for APA Image Library Users

Attribution: The format for crediting an image differs depending on the source of the photo.

You must cite images copyrighted by APA as follows:

Photo by [photographer's name] (CC BY-NC 4.0). Copyright [year] American Planning Association.

Example: Photo by Carolyn Torma (CC BY-NC 4.0). Copyright 2015 American Planning Association.

You must cite images copyrighted by another organization or individual as follows:

[copyright line] (CC BY-NC 4.0), from the American Planning Association’s Image Library.

Example: Copyright 2016 Sue Jones, AICP (CC BY-NC 4.0), from the American Planning Association’s Image Library.

The credit line must appear either next to the photo or on a credits page if you're using it in a printed publication such as a report or book.

Photo resolution: The resolution of some photos is lower than 300 dpi (dots per inch; also called "ppi," or pixels per inch). Such low-resolution images are most suitable for use online and in on-screen presentations. It's best to use high-resolution images of 300 dpi or more in any type of printed material (e.g., books, reports, flyers, posters).

Searching the collection: Not quite sure what you're looking for? Browse through the pages of the entire collection. If you know exactly what you need, zero in on the photo that matches your criteria by using the search bar at the top of the page or the filters below the search bar:

  • Animated gif rotating through a variety of images from the APA Image LibraryColor vs. Black and White
  • Community Type
  • Image Orientation (horizontal, vertical, or square)
  • Number of People (pictured in the image)
  • State, if taken in the U.S.
  • Topic

If you're looking for a particular image and don't find it here, let us know by e-mailing imagelibrary@planning.org. If it's an item we currently have, we'll help you find it.